Benicar lawsuit

Benicar is manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, a global pharmaceutical holding company and the second largest drug company in Japan. Currently the pharmaceutical giant is fighting dozens of lawsuits which allege Daiichi Sankyo failed to adequately warn about the potential dangers of Benicar, which has been linked to serious gastrointestinal conditions.

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Benicar lawsuit

Symptoms that often result in Benicar lawsuit

In July of 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning reporting that the popular high blood pressure drug olmesartan medoxomil (marketed as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor, and generics) may cause severe gastrointestinal issues, specifically sprue-like enteropathy. The FDA reported there was “clear evidence of an association between olmesartan and sprue-like enteropathy.” The FDA further suggested that patients who had these conditions should discontinue use of the medication immediately and begin therapy with another antihypertensive. Patients who did stop taking the medication improved immediately.

After the FDA issued their warning about Benicar, lawsuits were filed against Daiichi Sankyo, the manufacturer who had spent an estimated $1 billion promoting the popular drug. Claimants argued they were not adequately warned about potential health issues such as severe, chronic diarrhea with substantial weight loss. In 2014 a motion was filed with the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate the Benicar lawsuits. If the motion is granted it could consolidate 15 federal cases and 30 state cases in New Jersey in the Northern District of Ohio. The motion also notes that more Benicar lawsuits are likely to be filed alleging that “Benicar was defective and unreasonably dangerous for patients to take, resulting in serious health problems.”

Details on the manufacturer

Daiichi Sankyo was founded in 2005 with the merger of Sankyo and Daiichi Pharmaceutical, but the original companies were created through a joint venture in 1899 by Matasaku Shiobara, Shotaro Nishimura and Genjiro Fukui. The drug Benicar was sold in the United States by Sankyo before the merger in 2002, but the manufacturing and marketing have continued through the joint holding company Sankyo Co., Ltd.

Sales of the popular high blood pressure medications dipped after the negative reports were issued by the FDA, but despite the reports, Benicar remains one of the top selling angiotensin receptor blockers. Trouble is looming, however, for the Japanese pharmaceutical company. In 2016 they will lose exclusive rights to the patent for Benicar and will face fierce competition from Mylan Pharmaceuticals who will have the right to sell the drug exclusively for the first 180 days after the patent expires.

Why people are filing Benicar lawsuit

Although Benicar, also called Olmesartan, was approved for commercial sale by the FDA in 2002, reports indicate that taking Benicar may lead to serious side-effects including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and coughing. Other users have developed more severe side-effects and intestinal conditions including severe vomiting, severe weight loss, chronic diarrhea, and malnutrition.

Unfortunately, some of the most severe side-effects were unknown until 2012 when the Mayo Clinic reported they had found an association between Benicar and a condition known as spruelike enteropathy. Additional warnings were soon issued by the FDA, including an updated warning label for Benicar. Unfortunately, the warnings were too late for many patients who had already developed severe intestinal issues.

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Possible Compensation From Benicar lawsuit

  • Patients who have suffered severe loss, including pain and suffering, have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo to receive compensation. Common conditions caused by the medication can be costly, including chronic diarrhea, severe weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. Some patients have missed significant time from work and have been forced to spend thousands of dollars for medical care.If you have suffered from the use of Benicar you may be entitled to compensation. All product manufacturers have the responsibility to manufacture and produce products which are not dangerous and are safe when used according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Manufacturers who fail in their duty can be held liable for injuries caused by their dangerous and defective products.
  • Benicar lawsuits allege that Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories, which helped distribute Benicar within the United States, did not do their due diligence and failed to adequately warn patients about the risk of severe intestinal problems. Benicar lawsuits are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out-of-pocket costs to hire a lawyer, and lawyers are only paid if they win your Benicar injury case. If you win your Benicar lawsuit you may be entitled to the following types of compensation:
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Current medical expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Death Benefits

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